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Postby Mr. Picks » Wed Nov 05, 2003 3:17 am

Lock Picking 101 Rules

Everyone who uses LockPicking101.com website is in it for the good and doing it together. This is an information site; because information is free this board is intended to be free. Please read over the following rules so we can keep this web site a better place.

This forum postings are to be kept clean and professional. This forum exists to educate in a clean manner, to bring lock picking hobbyists and locksmiths together. Our moderators are here to assist in keeping the forum clean, you must also help out.

By reading, posting, and/or using the information found on this site, the users hold harmless the admin and moderators of this site. In other words, if you use the information found on this site for illegal purposes, don't blame it on us. YOU'RE the criminal. We take ZERO responsibility for any actions but our own.

1. No E-Mail excerpts of any kind are allowed in posts.

2. No press releases, newspapers or copy written materials may be posted, it is alright to post a few sentences using the quote /quote tags followed by the URL as long as the information is not self promotion.

3. Email requests will be deleted. (Exception for the Buy/Sell/Trade forum, of course.)

4. Signing your name is allowed, however URL dropping in signatures is disallowed and will be removed. Your profile (page) can contain a URL however it may not be referred to. (The only exception to this rule is for moderators, administrators, and approved lp101 commercial site sponsor(s))

5. Your user name cannot contain any of the following: domain name, business name, an email address or web address, or anything obscene or profane .

6. You agree that you will not copy or re-transmit any of the information from within this site without first attaining permission of LockPicking101.com and the original author of the message. All posts are copyright LockPicking101.com unless otherwise noted.

7. You are responsible for your own posts and agree not to hold the admin, the poster, the host or anyone else liable for any messages posted.

8. Posts/threads referring to illegal activity will be deleted without notification.

9. Flaming other posters is not in permitted on any forum. All flames will be deleted/edited, and the poster warned.

10. Avoid topics such as politics and religion in respect of differing opinions.

11. Signature lines should be kept to a maximum of 3 lines of text in height.

12. No public discussion or threads of moderators/staff decisions. Public discussion of a moderators action will get you banned.

13. Profanity is unacceptable, and will be deleted. Frequent use will lead to your status being removed. Note that bypassing the word filter and then arguing semantics with the mods is a good way to get banned.

14. Avoid hotlinking images. If not your own pics, use the direct URL to the page, and credit the original author.

15. Trolling will get you banned. Do NOT Troll.

16. Advertising your business within ANY of the forums without permission from the admin will get you banned. Addendum: Advertizing for a business you may or may not represent by means of posting company contact information, inventory levels, and pricing, is also not allowed. If the company wishes to purchase ad space on the forum, please contact a member of the admin team. Forum management reserves the right to decide if a post crosses the line in mentioning a good deal somewhere, versus obvious advertizing or self promotion

17. Impersonating a Moderator will get you banned.

18. Due to the increased internet activity and new sites popping up daily we do not allow posting of direct competition or indirect competition websites or links on this forum. We will not be an advertising portal, for ad-rates contact Mr. Picks via PM.

19. Discussion of topics deemed "advanced" are reserved for the advanced forums. This is for the public good. These topics include:
A) bypass of locks
B) safe lock manipulation
C) advanced pick tools
D) automotive bypass & picking
E) destructive entry

20. One account per user please. If you have forgotten your account name or for whatever reason are unable to access your account, please contact an administrator (digital_blue) via email and he will help you rectify the problem. Creation of multiple accounts is strictly prohibited and can result in a permanent ban from the site.

21. Sig images can be no larger than 600 pixels wide and 80 pixels in height.

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Current moderators:


{#8, #10, #11, #13, #14 added by Varjeal}
{#9, #15, added by Pheniox}
{#12 added by Mr. Picks}
{#16 , #17 added by Chucklz}
{#13 edited by Legion303 for the benefit of the guy who was just banned for doing it}
{# 4 edited by unlisted}
{#6 edited by Legion303: changed "achieving" to "attaining"}
{#5 edited by keysman}

We reserve the right to edit any and all content posted on and within this site. Rules and conditions may change at any time. Posting in these forums signifies that such rules listed have been read and agreed too.

Those who wish to use it for shady or outright illegal purposes are quite frankly, not welcome on this site. If we wish to continue to have a site of this calibre on the web, we must maintain a strict code of conduct so that we can all enjoy it for a long time to come.

Thank you to those who have contributed to the success of this site thus far.

Happy pickin' and keep postin'. 8)

Edited 12-14-06 to add devildog to moderators
[edit- spaced out the individual rules, for ease of reading-unlisted]
Edited 7-9-10 Rule #19 Amended to include destructive entry
Edited 8-27-10 Added squelchtone, mh, mcm to moderator team
Edited 8-03-12 Added squelchtone to Admins, added MBI to moderator team
Last edited by Mr. Picks on Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:19 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby Mr. Picks » Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:49 pm

Rule #12 added, please let me explain. First off we pride ourselves as a resource for people to learn from. With the rules in place we hope to run a clean system where everyone can learn from. Rule #12 is in respect to Moderators decisions, each moderator when they edit or delete a post should send a private message to the user, sometimes it does get mixed up where the user does not get the message. Rather than making a public thread asking why was this thread edited or deleted read over the rules see if you went off topic or broke any rules then contact one of the moderators to that forum you posted on asking why.

We ask that everyone shows respect for our moderators here, and if their actions be questioned it be done in a private message. Remember the moderators run the forum here so its good to play well with them.

db edit: Please note, the above should not be taken to mean that a PM will be sent every time a post is deleted. This is just not possible. When a newer member makes a seemingly unknowing error and a post must be deleted, a PM will typically be sent to explain the deletion and highlight the rule that was offended. Moderators do not have time in a day to send PMs to every poster in a deleted thread.
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Postby Mr. Picks » Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:22 am

Rule 18 Added - This rule was put in place as many new forums and websites are popping up on the internet. Many but not all of these websites are trying to attract new users, some of which by spam and posts. LP101 was created as an information portal to allow users to discuss the topics set, it is in the best interest of the community to not allow these type of posts. You're still able to reference posts of interest from higher sources to a topic but referencing another site for the purpose of driving traffic to it will not be allowed. LP101 is a educational resource, keep growing the library by posting.
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Postby digital_blue » Tue Dec 20, 2005 11:29 pm

Rule 19 added. I have no idea why that was never done before, but now it's there. :)

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Postby digital_blue » Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:56 am

Rule 20 added. I'd have thought this would have been in there a long time ago too... but what'dya know. It wasn't. :)
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Postby digital_blue » Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:51 am

Rule #12 explanation clarified. See edited post above.
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Postby digital_blue » Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:33 am

Rule 21 Added. This has been a rule in some manner for a long time (was "no more than 3 lines of text"), but it should be here to make it official. I've used image pixel dimensions so there is no confusion.

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Postby Legion303 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:46 pm

#13 clarified for those people who are too literal in their thinking.

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Postby unlisted » Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:32 pm

Rule # 4 slightly altered after discussion with administrators.
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Postby Legion303 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:54 pm

#6's grammar fixed.

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Postby Squelchtone » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:43 pm

Greetings all forum members!

It is 2013, and 10 years into this great experiment we call lockpicking101.com, I feel it is time to revisit the current rules, and adjust any that need to keep up with the times. Why do we have all these rules? As time went on and new situations were met, rules had to be put in place to help the forum run smoothly. Some rules exist because a member or groups of members could not enjoy the forum as it was and it forced past management to put rules in place to stop certain behaviors. In a perfect world with perfectly behaved members, we would need no rules, but at this time we do.

As this year goes on, you will see both some minor, and some major changes. I will keep everyone updated as we do this work.

Thank you for making this a great forum for everyone!

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